Melissa Sodano's Reviews > Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Science Ink by Carl Zimmer
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Apr 15, 12

Read from March 30 to April 14, 2012

I stumbled upon this book on an endcap at work, and thinking my tattoo-obsessed sister would enjoy it, I began to peruse it. The more I looked at it, the more I felt that my sister wouldn't like this book nearly as much as I would, as my current interest and potential career path lies in science. This compilation accommodates admission into a world where few dare to go, and fewer there dare to get inked. Each photo provides a scientific explanation of the significance of the tattoo, sometimes brief, others more involved. Nonetheless, you are never left wondering about why someone would commit to permanently marking one's self with the chemical formula for serotonin or complex formulae that one learns about only in theoretical physics. In fact, several of the stories were moving, such as the Tree of Life tattoo, and the DNA encoded with a wife's name. My only complaint about this book was the number of typographical errors. But, then again, this book is about science people, compiled by science people, and I'm not certain language people were too involved in the process. Regardless, a unique book about unique ink.
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